MS in Biomedical Engineering

The Master's degrees require a minimum of 30 credits earned through the completion of ten approved courses with grades of S (satisfactory) or at least a B-. At least two of these courses must be chosen from the list of core courses below.

All MS students are admitted to the non-thesis Master's degree program. Students who wish to complete a master's thesis must first pass the original research proposal course (BME299-ORP), and only then may register for 9 credits of MS thesis.

Core Courses – Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program

CourseCourse NameBrief Description
BME 250
(3 credits)
Principles of Biomedical EngineeringThe role of biomedical engineering in the diagnosis and treatment of various pathologies such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and neurological disorders.
BME 141
(3 credits)
Analytical Tools of Biomedical EngineeringStatistical methods of data analysis with emphasis upon biomedical applications.
BME 162
(3 credits)
Molecular BiotechnologyOverview of key aspects of molecular biology and engineering aspects of biotechnology. Topics include molecular biology, recombinant DNA techniques, immunology, cell biology, protein purification, fermentation, cell culture, combinatorial methods, bioethics, and bioinformatics.

Requirements include:

Master of Science

  • 2 of the three core courses listed above (6 credits)
  • 1 Professional development (Engineering Management) course (3 credits)
  • 7 BME electives (21 credits)
    • One of the electives may be the BME 299-01 project course

Master of Science with thesis

  • 2 of the three core courses listed above (6 credits)
  • 3 BME electives (9 credits)
  • 1 additional elective course approved by advisor (3 credits)
  • BME 299-ORP (Original Research Presentation) course (3 credits)
  • Master's Thesis - research committee meetings and thesis defense (9 credits)

Additional program details are provided in the BME Graduate Handbook, which is revised at the beginning of each academic year.

Fifth-Year Master's Degree Program

The School of Engineering offers exceptional Tufts undergraduate students the option of pursuing a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree (BS/MS) as a thesis or non-thesis program.

Progress Forms

Current students should fill out the applicable form(s) per BME Handbook requirements, obtain necessary signatures, and submit the form(s) to the Biomedical Engineering Department Manager, Lorin Polidora.